Happy Friday! Now that you’ve feasted and are full, make yourself comfy and settle down for a long winter post!
This week I wanted to feature the cards I made using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October kit. I’ll share a couple of cards from the MMH November kit, but as I’m still being inspired by the October kit, that will be the focus.
Let’s start off with the shaker cards! I think you may have seen one or two of these already, especially if you follow my Instagram.
I shared this first card on a previous post here.
On this card, I used the moon and clouds image from the MMH August kit, stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink, along with the mountains and Santa’s sleigh from the October kit. The mountains were colored with Wink of Stella, but you can’t see them with the glitter. The shaker pouches and frame are from MFT (Dome Shaker Window and Frame). I used the silver glitter paper from the October kit for the snow globe base, and the blue cardstock is MFT Sno Cone. The card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. The sentiment on this card is from the MMH November kit, stamped in Jet Black ink. I finished the card with Lucy’s Cards Sparkling Bridal jewels.
For this card, I used the train station and train from the kit, colored with Copic Markers. I tried to only add a little sequins to the shaker, but it still covers up the train when upright. I used MFT Kraft cardstock for the top layer, and MFT Wild Cherry for the card base. Sno Cone is the sky. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed in white. Lucy’s Cards Cherry Jewels finish off the card. The red glitter paper was from Michael’s.
Next are a couple of cards I made with the elves in the kit. These guys are super cute, but super tiny. AND, they don’t have matching dies…
This card features the Gift Box Cover up from MFT. I cut the image from white cardstock to give me the inner pieces with the stitch detail. Then I cut it from Kraft cardstock for the frame. The little images were stamped with Altenew’s Permanent Black ink and colored with a combination of Copic markers and gel pens. I adhered the images with scor-tape. The sentiment from the set was stamped in one of the boxes in Versamark ink and heat embossed with the silver powder included in the kit. By the way, this powder is amazing! It melts so smoothly.
I went in a different style on this one. I used Lawn Fawn’s Say Cheese dies to cut out the polaroid shapes. I stamped the images on the inside squares with Permanent Black ink, and colored them with Copic markers and gel pens. There was no way I was going to cut those images out again, unless it was absolutely necessary. I adhered the pictures to Sno Cone cardstock. The sentiments are from the kit, and stamped in Jet Black ink. The snowflakes around the images are from MFT’s Handwritten Holiday. They were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I added some Lucy’s Cards Sparkling Bridal jewels. The card base is Neenah 110 lb.
I have a couple more cards I made with Santa’s Sleigh.
I used the mountain die from the kit and cut it from the textured white paper from the kit to make a snow cap. I cut the same die from the glitter paper from the kit, then also cut the white textured paper again, so I could inlay the glitter. I used MFT’s Snow Drifts dies to cut out two snow hills, from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb. cardstock, and layered them on top of the mountains. I made a thick frame with the largest rectangle from Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangles. These dies have the stitch detail on both sides of the cut line, so you get the stitches on the negative and positive pieces. I used Distress Oxide ink to blend a sky (this one is too dark, but as you can see below, my technique improved). I stamped the Santa and sleigh image with Versamark and used the silver embossing powder from the kit. The sentiment is also from the kit, stamped in Versamark and embossed with the kit’s powder. The card base is MFT Grout Gray.
This was another card that floated around in my head for a while before I finally got it down on paper. I blended Distress Oxide ink in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. When I was done blending, I sprayed the panel with water, waited a couple of seconds, and then blotted. I also sprayed this panel with the white ink mist from the August kit. I used MFT’s Starry Circle to cut out the blended panel and set it aside. Then I cut some snow hills from Snow Drifts dies, adhered them together and cut them from the Starry Circle border die. Then I layered the snow hills on to the sky and adhered them together.
I added the house image I had previously colored and die cut. Then I stamped the Santa and sleigh image in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I adhered the sleigh and house to the background. I colored in the white border on the sleigh die cut with a blue Copic marker, as well as the parts of the house that overlap the sky. This makes them blend into the background a bit more.
I layered the circle scene on a larger circle cut from MFT Silver Sparkle Paper, to give the card a little extra pizazz.
The sentiment is from the MMH November kit, and was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with silver powder from the October kit. These jewels are Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent. I finished off the card with a Gina K’s In The Navy card base.
For these two cards I grabbed the Fancy Frame from the MMH August kit. I cut the frame from white glitter paper. The mountains are from Gina K’s Moonlit Fog cardstock, and I added the cap of snow just like above. I cut the trees from Gina K’s Christmas Pine cardstock. I didn’t use the whole strip that was cut, so I trimmed it and used the extra to fill in some spaces. The sky was made the same as above, with Distress Oxide ink, and one of the cards has the white spray from the August kit. Santa and his sleigh was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped the sentiments from the November kit on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed in white. I adhered the card panels to Chirstmas Pine card bases with fun foam.
These last couple of cards are scenes using the kit.
For this card I created the square focal point with MFT’s Square Peek-aboo window. I cut the mountain die out of the white window, and again out of another window positive I cut from Sno Cone cardstock, so that I could inlay the mountains into the sky. I also cut the mountains from a Recollections sparkle paper that I blended Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink over. I inlaid my scene into the window, and then added the tree and reindeer from the kit. I stamped the sentiment from the kit with Versamark and embossed with the kit’s powder. The card base is Grout Gray.
I used the same mountain inlay into the sky technique on this card, so that the card wouldn’t get really thick with all the layers. I blended Spruced Ice Distress Oxide ink onto Grout Gray cardstock and inlaid it with the Sno Cone sky. I die cut the trees from the kit with Christmas Pine cardstock and blended Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink at the top. The village die cut was used on Neenah cardstock. I stamped the Christmas tree, carolers and light pole from the set in Permanent Black ink and colored them with Copic markers and gel pens. I also stamped the sentiment from the kit in Jet Black ink.
I covered the top of the mountains with Nuvo Blizzard White drops and the rest of the mountains with clear Wink of Stella to add some shimmer. The card base is Neenah 110 lb.
This card is similar to the one above. I used the tree die, cut from Christmas Pine cardstock, and the mountains are Moonlit Fog cardstock. I again cut the snow caps from the textured paper included in the kit, and inlaid them with the Moonlit Fog. I cut the snow banks from white glitter paper, and the sky was with Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the sentiment from the October kit with Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with Wow’s Hologram Sparkle Powder. The image of the sled and dogs was stamped in Permanent Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I adhered it to the card with foam tape. The card base is Neenah 110lb. cardstock.
This card is a tiny bit different. I used a embossing folder with circles, to make snow. The mountains were again cut from Christmas Pine cardstock, and the snow banks from Neenah. The carolers, house and tree where stamped with Permanent ink and colored with Copic markers. Th sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the silver from the kit. I used White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo drops to accent the circles from the embossing folder. The card base is Christmas Pine.
Whew! Thanks for sticking around this long! If you an hang out for a little bit longer, I have a couple of cards I made with the MMH November kit. I’ve been a bit busy with the October kit, so it’s not that many. But, I did want to share them with you.
These first cards are very similar. I stamped the ornament stamp three times on each card. The first card is Sno Cone cardstock with Silver Delicata ink. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and embossed in the October kit’s embossing powder. Then it was die cut with the die from the kit. I ran the edges of the sentiment through the Silver Delicata ink to accent the edges. Neenah 110 lb. was used for the card base.
The second card has Neenah cardstock, Silver Delicata in the middle, and Altenew Sea Breeze (or Tuquoise, I can’t remember). I stamped the sentiment from the kit and die cut it with the circle from the kit. Then I die cut a bigger circle from my stash with silver glitter paper. The card base on this card is Sno Cone.
The last card is another Neenah panel, stamped with Ruby Red Delicata in the middle, and Gold Delicata on the ends. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with the silver powder from the October kit. I used MFT’s Fishtail Stitched sentiment dies for the sentiment, and cut one size bigger from gold glitter cardstock. Kraft cardstock makes up the card base.
For all three cards, I used the matching die to emboss the shape on each ornament. I’m not a big bow person, but when I finished the cards, they still needed something. I tried to add some ribbon, embossing floss, and eventually just drawing on the strings and bows. None of it really looked right, so I bought some ribbon and made bows. I don’t like the big blue bows, but they are needed to cover the mess I made :). I finished the cards with Lucy’s Cards Jewels and Gold Confetti Sequins.
On this last card I stamped the star shape on watercolor paper in Versamark ink and embossed it with the Silver powder. Then I used the Gansai Tambi pearlescent watercolor to paint over the star. I stamped a sentiment from the November kit and embossed it with the same powder. The card base is Sno Cone, and I wrapped up the card with Lucy’s Cards Iridescent jewels. I think I’m going to repeat this with the tree and ornament shapes.
Thanks for sticking through all of that, and through my Christmas Prep series. I had a lot of fun making these cards and sharing them with you. This is my first year making my own cards, and when I sat down and made my list, I freaked out a little. It took some planning and some great kits to make it happen, but I finally did it! I knew I had to share my ideas with you, if it would help a fellow crafter get through their list.
Thanks again for stopping by! See you soon!